Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Reformation Day!!!

Happy Reformation Day!!! Today October 31st we celebrate Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenburg church in Wittenburg Germany. This sparked the Protestant Reformation and changed the course of western civilization. Luther's theology challenged the papacy of the Roman Catholic Church by holding the Bible as the only infallible source of Christian authority. Luther taught that according to the scriptures salvation is the free gift of God, received only by true repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as the Messiah, a faith given by God and unmediated by the church. Martin's translation of the Bible into the vernacular of the German people made the Scriptures more accessible to them. And his hymns inspired the development of congregational singing within Christianity.

If you don't know much about Martin Luther and you want something to wet your appetite I highly recomend the movie "Luther" which came out in 2003. It's a favorite of ours that we have watched many times.

Happy Reformation Day!!!!!!!

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